photo credit: Furryscaly
For anyone who loves the world of creepy crawlies (and yes, that includes me) you might be interested to know about a few British shows which are going to be held this year. These are typically great places to meet other invertebrate fans and possibly to invest in some new critters – whether we are talking livestock or preserved specimens.
Please be aware if you have never been to a show a few useful pointers:
1) The queues can be huge at the start so if you want the best bargains aim to arrive an hour or so early to stand a chance of getting them
2) You are generally expected to pay an entry fee of a few pounds so have this ready
3) If you’re not bothered about bargains and just want to be nosey, try arriving in the afternoon when much of the mayhem will have died down
4) As these tend to be held on Sundays, in schools and leisure centres, bring some cash if you think you might be making a purchase. Going to find a cash point in a hurry before that specimen sells or hoping to pay by credit card can be very frustrating indeed!
5) Lastly, prepare for what are, to me, some of the best days out of the year. Honestly – they’re brilliant!
Kettering/Newark Entomological Fair 2010
The Kettering show has always been my personal favourite but unfortunately will not be going ahead this year due to restrictions on the normal venue. However it is being combined with the Newark fair this year. This way the show should be *huge* andwill be held at around the normal time of year for Kettering.
The show is being held on 11th April 2010 at the Grove Leisure Centre, London Road, Balderton, Newark-On-Trent, NG24 4EY. Doors open at 11am and close again at 4pm.
British Tarantula Society Show 2010
Tarantula breeders from across the world (literally) landfor what is the biggest tarantula-related show of the year. Whilst you will find some spiders at the other entomological shows listed here, this is the real big one for the arachnophiliac.
The show will be held on 23rd May 2010 at The Coseley School, Henne Drive, Coseley, West Midlands, WV14 9JW. Doors open at 11am and close again at 4pm.
AES (Kempton Park) Exhibition 2010
More than just a place to buy and sell invertebrates, the AES show is arguably the largest and most diverse collection of invert lovers from across the country.
As always, the show will be held at Kempton Park Race Course and the date for your diary is 2nd October 2010.